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Last night Revenge resorted to its oldest trick. “Disgrace” had a shocking scandal exposed. Of course, once you remember the show’s predictable pattern, it’s not that much of a surprise.

The Players:

  • Director: Matt Shakman
  • Writer: Shannon Goss
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Gail O’Grady, Oliver Martinez, Henri Esteve, Steven Strait, David L. King, Jamila Jones

Episode Title: “Disgrace”

Opening night at the opera is the background for a shocking revelation.

The Good:

  • Comeback King: Revenge should thank its lucky stars for Nolan. He’s like a bright spot in an abysmally dark tunnel.  We got just as much pleasure out of watching him hack Stevie’s law firm’s security system as the dashing patterned ensemble he was wearing. The writers know Nolan’s a fan favorite so they allow him the freedom to luxuriate in ways the others don’t. Who else on the show was has ever quoted LL Cool J in a meeting? “Don’t call it a comeback; I’ve been here for years.” Nolan’s new houseguest on house arrest is an unexpected arrival. Javier’s appearance is rife with potential: spinning a new business story for Nolan with a friend from prison could create sparks. With Javier at Nolan’s there’s always the possibility that the ex-con will learn too much. The only question now is whether or not the writers will ruin this opportunity.

The So-So:

  • Divorce: Emily’s opening monologues are always a clue to the episode’s direction. So when her final words were, “…use the free fall to your advantage,” it was obvious that no matter what strife should befall her, she would be in control.  Emily’s made a habit out of releasing incriminating evidence about herself or her cohorts to achieve some unknown scheme. If you had any doubt that Emily was faking her way to a break-up before the opera, watching her stand stricken when news of her pregnancy was released should have been your clue. She would never look that weak in a moment of cold truth. However, since it was all in the name of getting us back on track to clear David Clarke’s name, all hope isn’t lost.
  • Bomb Voyage: Anyone from the Graysons past had a hand in the David Clarke cover up. Everybody knows that. Though Stevie Grayson is one of the few to air on the side of good and believe in David’s innocence, Pascal’s hands are dirty. It’s unclear whether Pascal is the actual bomb maker, or whether he’s just connected to the person who is. Pascal’s obvious aside to Conrad about the things he’s done for Conrad in the past alluded to his involvement in the most glaring way long before Emily uttered the words. Hopefully the rest of his involvement won’t unfold in the same clumsy manner.     

Overall:

“Disgrace” continued in Revenge’s timeworn technique of refocusing Emily’s fight. As usual, there was a certain underlying potential for new drama that we were forced to acknowledge. Still, however promising there’s no assurance the writers won’t drop the ball. After all, Charlotte’s been reduced to introducing Emily to her new prey. No matter how much hope we have, they just keep getting it wrong.

Rating: 7/10

Revenge airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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